Nasir-ol-molk Mosque – Shiraz
Nasir Ol-Molk mosque Shiraz is one of the oldest mosques in Shiraz. The mosque is known for its colourful lights, which are formed by its colourful glasses throughout the day.
Nasir Ol-Molk mosque Shiraz is geographically located in the neighbourhood of Gowd Araban, which was formerly known as Ishaq Beig, located south of Lotf Ali Khan street, and near the Shah Cheragh.
History of Nasir Ol-Molk Mosque Shiraz
In 1876 AH, the ruler of Fars, Mirza Hassan Ali Khan, nicknamed Nasir ol-Molk, decided to leave a mosque behind as his commemoration, thus ordering the construction of the Nasir Ol-Molk Mosque Shiraz. Based on the inscriptions of this building, architect Haj Mohammad Hasan and Mirza Reza tile master were in charge of development of the mosque. The building cost of this mosque was also provided by the religious charity, the fund which clerics had refused to receive during the time.
After 12 years from the start of construction, of Nasir Ol-Molk Mosque Shiraz it was ready, but there were no coloured glasses. Later the tinted windows were put in by Haj Mirza Ayat in 1887. This mosque was original, in fact, a collection of mosques, a house, a bath, and a warehouse; but a large part of it including the interior and entrance of the house, the tub, the water storage, and the space between the home and the mosque were ruined during the construction of the new street, Lotfali Khan Zand and there’s no trace of it.
The architecture of Nasir Ol-Molk Mosque Shiraz
Nasir Ol-Molk Mosque Shiraz is built on an area of 2,890 square meters. One of the most significant features of Nasir Ol-Molk Mosque Shiraz is the tiling and eye-catching Muqarnases, which make the Nasir Ol-Molk Mosque Shiraz, the most valuable mosque in Iran. Interestingly, there is no dome in this mosque, which indicates that this religious building was entirely personal and not used by the public.
The tiling of this mosque is very spectacular, and its kind cannot be seen elsewhere. One of the features of this tiling is the use of pink as the dominant colour that is not visible in any other Iranian mosque. The Muqarnases of Nasir Ol-Molk Mosque Shiraz is unique in its kind and elegance. The structure of the interior and the use of coloured glasses are also considered to be one of the magical aspects of the mosque.
Best time to visit Nasir Ol-Molk Mosque Shiraz
The best time to see the play of colour and light in this mosque is before 9 A.M. Many tourists consider 8 to 10 am a great opportunity window to visit the Nasir Ol-Molk Mosque Shiraz, although the crowd of the mosque may be annoying, it is worth paying attention to its beautiful colours and lights.
Best time of photography in Nasir Ol-Molk Mosque Shiraz
If you are looking to hunt a spectacular photo from the western room of Nasir Ol-Molk Mosque Shiraz, go to Shiraz from mid-autumn to mid-winter, as the sun rays make the best light conditions for photography. Of course, to shoot a masterpiece, you must be an early bird, and be present at the mosque between 7 am to 9 pm, because the most significant amount of light is shone at this time.
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